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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Mar 5, 2008 8:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Speed It Up or Slow It Down?

This brings up an intersting question: which versions do you prefer? It is hard to beat a smokin' acoustic FOTD, no doubt, but I really love the modern "slow" FOTD's where Jerry just jumps up and destroys the final jam; starting off mellow, but then his fingers just start to erupt, brining the song to a heart rending crescendo. There are many fine examples of this, my favorites all seem to occur in the early 80's, just like the one referenced here. Other favorites include Market Square Arena 12/5/81, Stabler Arena 9/25/81 and Lake Placid 10/17/83.

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2008-03-05 16:42:53

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Poster: elbow1126 Date: Mar 5, 2008 9:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Speed It Up or Slow It Down?

For me it will always be best as a quick acoustic tune from 1970. I even like the quicker electric ones pre-break. To me the tempo just fits the lyrics much better. I understand how the slower ones can have the crescendo before the "Got two reasons" but that for me is not enough to make up for the rest of the song.

For a quick paced electric one, try this:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd74-09-18.sbd.miller.20732.sbeok.shnf

c'est magnifique!

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Poster: barongsong Date: Mar 5, 2008 12:05pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Speed It Up or Slow It Down?

No fair calling up 70-74 LOL . That said my taste often swings to the more powered 80's versions lately, although many times the sweetness of early 70's is still just what the doctor ordered.

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Poster: barongsong Date: Mar 5, 2008 8:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Speed It Up or Slow It Down?

I do like the later slower versions to when they are nailed just right and the acoustic ones are a beast within themselves which is hard for me to compare with the electric but I've got to say that it's the early 80's electric version that really gets me to that place with the most consistency overall. Thanks for your recommendations too. I"ll be checking them out.

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